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Mount Satopanth Expedition

Gangotri, Uttarakhand, India
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Mount Satopanth Expedition

Temprature

-5 to 25°C

length

80 km

Altitude

7075 m

Best Time

May-June, Aug-Sept

Duration

21 days

Difficulty

Challenging

Overview

Mount Satopanth is the second highest mountain in the Gangotri group of peaks in Garhwal Himalayas. 7075  meter high Satopanth peak, which in local dialect means “True Path”. Mount Satopanth Expedition is quite a challenging expedition. The route includes a complex glacier approach, high angled snow slopes, and a technical knife-edge ridge, before the final section to the summit. Base Camp is Vasuki Tal, which is situated at an altitude of 4800m.

Mount Satopanth Expedition is meant only for aspiring mountaineers with prior knowledge of the use of ice axes, crampons, roping up procedures and jumar climbing. The extremely unpredictable weather conditions and a challenging terrain encountered while undertaking this expedition demands the participant to be extremely physically fit with a high level of mental endurance.

Mt. Satopanth Expedition is known as a preparatory expedition for Indian mountaineers who wish to climb 8000M+ peaks and Mt. Everest. This expedition perfectly transitions a mountaineer from trekking to peaks to climbing summits. The famous ‘knife ridge’ at 6500 meters takes a lot to traverse.

Mount Satopanth was first climbed successfully by a Swiss expedition in 1947, 15 days prior to the Indian independence, the team was led by Andre Roch.

 

How to Reach for Mount Satopanth Expedition

Gangotri is the base village and trek starting point. Gangotri is 250km from Dehradun and 265 km from Rishikesh. Dehradun is well connected to all major cities of the country. Gangotri is spiritual place for Hindus and offers amazing trekking & mountaineering expeditions.

Nearest Airport: Joly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the nearest airport. Which is 20km from Rishikesh.

Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh junction is the closest railway station.

Road Connectivity: Rishikesh is well connected with national capital Delhi through highway. Delhi is 251km from Rishikesh, 275 km from Dehradun. Booking a cab to reach Rishikesh/Dehradun or overnight Volvo bus is the most convenient mode of travel to reach here from Delhi. You can take a shared cab to Uttarkashi.

 

Documents Required for Mount Satopanth Expedition

– Valid Govt. ID  (Aadhar Card/Passport/Driver’s License/Voter’s Card)
– Mandatory Insurance (min. 10 lakh), Passport Size Photo
– Medical Certificate by registered medical practitioner min MBBS
– Previous Experience upto 6000m like Mt. Deo Tibba, Black Peak, Kang Yatse 2,

 

FOLLOW COVID-19 PROTOCOL AS PER ADVISORY

– Wear Mask
– Maintain Social Distance
– Vaccination
– Wash Your Hands & Carry Sanitizer
– If you feel anything bad inform Leader/Guide or visit nearby hospital or doctor.
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Highlights

  • Region: Gangotri | Garhwal Himalayas
  • Total Duration: 21 Days
  • Altitude: 7,075 m
  • Grade: Semi-Technical/Challenging
  • Best Time: May-June-Aug-Sept
  • Trip Begin/End: Uttarkashi
  • Network: Upto Gangotri | Jio, BSNL & Airtel
  • ATM: Uttarkashi
  • Base Camp: Vasuki Tal | 4800 m
  • Summit Camp: 6200m
  • Road Head: Gangotri

Itinerary

Day 1: Uttarkashi to Gangotri

Altitude: 3100 m | Gangotri
* Briefing/orientation about Expedition, check list
* Shop/Rent essentials at Uttarkashi
* Drive 100 km | 3-4 hours.
* Rest for the left time.

Day 2: Gangotri to Bhojwasa

* Altitude: 3792m
* Visit to Gangotri Temple
* Breakfast and packed lunch
* Trek 14 km, 5-6 hours
* Easy gradient, few water points enroute
* Establish camps, relax
* Dinner & stay

Day 3:Bhojwasa to Nandan Van via Gaumukh

* Altitude: 4500m
* Breakfast and packed lunch
* Trek 10 km, 6-7 hours
* Few water points enroute
* Visit Gaumukh on the way
* Be careful on moraines, rocky trail further to Gaumukh
* Dinner & stay

Day 4: Nandan Van to Vasuki Tal BC

* Altitude: 4880m | Vasuki Tal | Base Camp
* Breakfast & packed lunch
* Trek 6 km, 6-7 hours
* Few water points
* Dinner & stay

Day-5- Rest Day

* Day at leisure
* Acclimatization Walk nearby
* Session about technical equipment and gears

Note: Sleeping in tents during daytime strictly not advisable

Day 6 to 16: Base Camp to ABC, Camp 1, Summit Camp, Summit

* During this period of time we will do the things on day to day basis.

* We advise to follow leader's instructions and acclimatize properly with rest.

* Every Participant must have 2 to 3 days as buffer.

Day 17: Base Camp closing

Day 18: Base Camp to Bhojwasa

Day 19: Bhojwasa to Gangotri

* Trek 14km | 5 hours
* Transfer to Uttarkashi | 100km, 3-4 hours

Spare 2-3 days as buffer other than 19 days

  • Fees & Permit - IMF permit & fees for Indian nationals
  • Camping permit & fees
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Gangotri Hotel/Guest House
  • Rest all days in camps during expedition
  • Meals
  • Dinner & Breakfast during Gangotri Stay
  • All meals during expedition and Packed meals at high camps
  • Transportation: Uttarkashi to Gangotri on day 1, to Uttarkashi on last day
  • Expert Lead Guide
  • Mountain Staff: Cook, Helper, Porters, HAP & other support staff
  • High Altitude Camping Equipment: Tents, Sleeping Bags, Mattress, Kitchen Utensils, etc as required
  • Mountain Medical Kit with portable oxygen cylinder
  • Technical equipment: Ropes, Sling, Helmet, Ice Axe, Harness, Jumar, Pitons, Crampons, Mountaineering Boots, Carabiners, Descender, Jumar, Anchors, Shovels.
  • Portage of all the equipment/ supplies to & from Base Camp.
  • Walkie-Talkie for team communication
  • & Fullpower Fun
  • Any services not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any insurance, emergency evacuation or rescue charges, any cost of hospitalization.
  • Any change in itinerary, cost arises due to road blockage, natural calamity, sudden halt or any cost beyond our control to be borne by climber/you
  • Expenses personal in nature like mountain tips, mineral water, drinks, snacks/meals, refreshments not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Personal equipment porterage/off-loading; trekking gear, clothes, sleeping bag, climbing gear, climbing shoes, personal medical kit etc. Available on Extra cost, ask while bookings.
  • Insurance or liability for injury, death, accidents, or loss of property.
  • IMF Peak Booking Fee for foreign nationals (roughly USD 500 per person), and Mandatory Liaison Officer Fee for foreign expeditions (USD 500) as per IMF.
  • Taxes
  • Wind & Waterproof Jacket, Feather Jacket.
  • Fleece-4, Trek Pant -2, Waterproof Climbing Pant -1, Full Sleeve T-shirt-2, Warm nightwear set.
  • Thermal-1 pair (Top & Bottom).
  • Woolen Cap-2, Neck-Warmer-2, Waterproof Gloves-2, Woolen Gloves -2, Woolen Socks-4, Warm Socks-5, Trekking Socks-4, Sun Cap, Early-Dry Towel.
  • Poncho (Mandatory).
  • Waterproof Trekking Shoes with Good Grip.
  • Cold Cream, Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm/ Lip Guard, Personal Toilet Kit and Toilet Paper.
  • Personal Medicines.
  • Water bottle – 2 (Mandatory), Flask-1.
  • Goggles – 2, Snow Goggle-2, Trekking Pole – 2 (Mandatory).
  • Personal Medications
  • Backpack 60 Ltrs.
  • and most important the Adventure Spirit.
Note
– Participant has to carry his/her bag pack by own if someone requires a off-loading option, ask while bookings so we can arrange accordingly. Charges extra.
– Please don’t come with Sports Shoe, Trolley Bags, & Jeans.
– Pack light as much as you can or ask HRI expert to help you.
  • Secure Bookings: We at Team Heaven Riders India work with a safe & secure bookings gateway. Don’t worry about your credentials. Our expert team will help you to book your next Himalayan experience.
  • Safety: We breathe in the term ‘Safety’ as this is our utmost priority. A suitable environment for all members so don’t no worry in that case. We have tremendous experienced leaders where all of them are well-trained professionals. They’ve memorized the safety procedures like the back of their hands. Also, our support staff is well-behaved & they respect all.
  • Smaller Batches: We believe in the concept of Small batches’ that improves quality & focus. also helps our Leader to get connect all members.
  • Itinerary: Our team of experts crafted all the itineraries very carefully so all the travelers can acclimatize properly & refined from our experience of leading hundreds of expeditions.
  • Equipment: While organizing trekking in Himalayas Team Heaven Riders uses high-quality equipment as per the guidelines of IMF Indian Mountaineering Foundation. From tents to sleeping bags to ropes and other technical gear like roped, crampons, and gaiters, pulley, jumar, everything is tested and certified. HRI leaders always carry portable Oxygen & Basic First-Aid Medical Kit, Oximeter with them.
  • Clean Trails: Team Heaven Riders is a firm believer in the Leave No Trace philosophy, and we encourage all to not toss trash or throw plastic on trail. Our goal is also to improve the well-being of local people and to keep the Himalayas clean and green. We value nature and are attempting to improve it at the same time.
  • Expert Team: Our expedition team is highly experienced in the himalayas. They are the best in organizing and capable to deal any situation.

For Mount Satopanth Expedition, you have to be very good in terms of physical fitness. It requires a high-altitude trekking experience of up to 5000 meters. You can gain your physical fitness with workouts & breathing sessions. This expedition goes up to 6387m there’s sudden altitude gain for that you need to have strong lungs. Also, your body needs to be active in such high-altitude weather.

Begin by jogging 4-5 times each week. Begin jogging slowly and gradually increase your speed. As a result, cardiovascular endurance exercises are highly vital for making your lungs stronger than before. You can improve your physical fitness by running, cycling, and doing strength-building workouts. Calculate your BMI

  • Walking with a 20 kg rucksack strapped on your back is a terrific way to shape your legs and body. It aids in the burning of calories, the reduction of excess weight, and the strengthening of your body.
  • For high ascents, stair climbing is the finest workout. Include it in your training routine.
  • Jogging can help you live longer by strengthening your lungs and improving your lifetime. It’s a high-intensity aerobic activity that necessitates a lot of oxygen. This is an excellent activity for preventing weight and maintaining good health.
  • Squats are the most effective functional exercise for improving balance. Legs, thighs, hips, and hamstrings are also strengthened.
  • Pull-ups, push-ups, sprints, mountain climber, burpee, jumping jacks, and 60-second plank (3-5 sets each).
  • Pushing your body upstairs after stair climbing is another fantastic cardiovascular exercise. This is often considered to be the most effective workout for improving strength and power. Carrying an 18kg pack also helps a lot.
  • Finally, remember to pamper your body with some breathing exercises, Yoga, and Meditation.
  • For the best outcomes, eat well, stay hydrated, and get enough of rest.

Remember to bring appropriate clothing, remain hydrated, and stay warm to properly acclimate.

We totally understand that unforeseen circumstances might need you to change plans, and so HRI cancellation policy makes it easier to do that. Please read them very carefully.

  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date – 10% deduction (payment gateway & bank charges).
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure – 50% deduction.
  • There will be no refund if you cancel within 15 days before your departure.
  • In any case, the Booking money is non-refundable under the partial payment arrangement.

In case of any unforeseen weather conditions, government restrictions, road blockage or any other unavoidable circumstances beyond our control, certain activities during the expedition or the event itself may be cancelled/skipped, or there could be change in the itinerary.

In such instances, we will do our utmost to find an alternative activity or offer you with a voucher (in the case of event cancellation or rescheduling).

However, there would be no financial refund for the same. You will receive a full refund if the trip is cancelled by us due to a lack of a minimum number of individuals in the batch. Additionally, if you purchased trip insurance, rentals, off-loading, or other activities, you will not receive a refund. The booking cost is non-refundable in any case while using the partial payment mechanism.

All refunds will be sent to the same bank account or credit card account that was used to make the purchase. Within 10 working days, the refund amount will be completed. The amount of the refund will always be computed based on the net amount paid* for the event booking and the Base Price of the event. (excluding all additional services transport, rent, portage, etc.). Any voucher issued would not include the service tax amount paid while making the booking. For more info : Terms & Condition

Itineraries are subject to change and are dependent on information available at the time of preparation. As conditions permit, “Heaven Riders India” retains the right to change expedition dates, people, or itinerary. The cost of delays and/or other changes is the responsibility of the participant if a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which HRI or its agents cannot make provision. For any reason, HRI reserves the right to refuse or accept any individual as a tour member.

– STRICTLY NO LITTERING take belongings back
– Carry original and copy of valid ID
– Insurance is mandatory for all
– Participants should be 15+ years old.
– Leader’s decision is final, and will have to be followed by all the climbers
– Behave well with staff and respect the locals & also their beliefs & rituals
– consumption of alcohol and smoking is prohibited during the trip/expedition/trek.
– Any tax/entry fee imposed by the Govt. budget, Administration, or new policy.
– On Expeditions, at Base Camp, ration and equipment equally distributed among the climbers for load ferry.
– All Technical Gears will be UIAA Certified. Any loss/damage will be charged @1.5 times of actual value to cover up shipping and custom duties OR you can arrange by you
– No show and trek changes/cancellation due to bad weather or natural calamity will be non-refundable
– In case reserve day for summit attempt is utilised, an additional amount would be charged.
– Our team reserves the right to change the plan/itinerary in case there is danger involved.
– Any additional costs due to weather/unforeseen situations, cost of rescue will have to be borne by the climber/you.
– Carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t wish to carry it, you can give it to the porter, but you have to inform us in advance and have to pay extra on the basis of per day per bag.
– Extreme Himalayan Trips require a good amount of physical fitness, stamina and endurance so prepare accordingly.
– In case of bad health, sickness/illness, AMS the participant would be sent back and no refund to be provided. Participant has to bear all the cost beyond.

 

For any further clarifications ask while bookings

Tour's Location

Gangotri, Uttarakhand, India

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